Birth trauma is incredibly common. It’s thought that nearly a third of women who give birth are left with symptoms of a traumatic experience. Birth trauma can be mild and temporary, but it can also be severe and permanent. If you have any of these symptoms you might have birth trauma.
- Re-experiencing – flashbacks, nightmares, repetitive and distressing images or sensations, physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling.
- Constant negative thoughts about the experience, asking why you, wondering if you could have done something differently, guilt or shame.
- Avoidance and emotional numbing – you try and push the memories away and avoid people or places that remind you of it. Of course, this is incredibly distressing if your baby is a trigger for you.
- Hyper-arousal. You may feel incredibly on edge, anxious and find it difficult to relax. You might be constantly aware of things that might go wrong and be jumpy or easily startled.
- Sleeping problems
- Angry outbursts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Drinking too much
- Self harm
If you have any of these, or even if you are not sure if what you have counts as birth trauma, please get in touch. If you have a very young baby I can visit you at home. It doesn’t matter how long ago your experience of giving birth was, if you still have unwanted feelings then Traumatic Incident Reduction will help you.